Today is Friday, April 30…
the 120th day of the year… 245 days left

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,288,904 and the nation’s death toll stands at 575,193, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer yesterday unveiled a reopening plan that loosens restrictions according to COVID-19 vaccination rate milestones. Whitmer said nearly half of residents ages 16 and up have gotten their first shots and about 36 percent are fully vaccinated. The goal is to reach 70 percent of the population fully vaccinated, according to the governor. The vaccination plan comes as Michigan is starting to turn the corner on a surge in cases and hospitalizations, particularly among young adults.

BIDEN SPEAKS AT RALLY… President Joe Biden spoke to a crowd gathered at a drive-in rally in Duluth, Georgia, yesterday to promote his infrastructure plan and mark his 100th day in office. Biden declared that America is “on the move again” as he pressed many of the points he made during his first joint address before Congress on Wednesday night. The president promoted his American Jobs Plan as a “once-in-a-generation investment in America itself” and noted that his American Families Plan will provide free preschool for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds and two years of free community college for all Americans.

SENATE PASSES WATER INFRASTRUCTURE BILL… The Senate voted overwhelmingly yesterday to approve a $35 billion bill to upgrade the nation’s water infrastructure. The legislation is heading to the House following the 89-to-2 vote. The bill would improve the nation’s aging water and wastewater infrastructure, support programs to provide safe drinking water and set aside grant funding for poor, rural and tribal communities that have struggled with poor water quality.

FLORIDA PASSES VOTING-RESTRICTION LAW… The Florida legislature passed an omnibus election bill yesterday that imposes new restrictions on vote-by-mail and drop boxes. Both the state House and the state Senate passed the bills into law Thursday after weeks of negotiations between Republicans in both bodies. No Democrat voted in favor. Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has indicated he will sign SB 90 into law.

GIULIANI INVESTIGATION… The New York Times reported yesterday that the Justice Department’s investigation of former president Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani centers on his efforts to remove former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. The investigation took a dramatic turn Wednesday morning when federal agents raided Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment and office. Investigators want to determine whether Giuliani broke lobbying laws and whether he pursued Yovanovitch’s removal at the behest of Ukrainian officials or Trump’s.

… Police in Los Angeles have announced the arrest of five suspects in connection with the violent theft of Lady Gaga’s two dogs in February. The singer’s dog walker was shot and critically injured during the theft. Among those arrested is the 50-year-old woman who returned the French bulldogs into police, claiming she had found them tied to a pole. According to an LAPD press release, “Detectives do not believe the suspects were targeting the victim because of the dogs’ owner.” Instead, “evidence suggests the suspects knew the great value of the breed of dogs and was the motivation for the robbery.”

JOSH DUGGAR IN CUSTODY… Reality TV star Josh Duggar was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Washington County, Arkansas, yesterday and placed on a federal “hold” for undisclosed reasons. Duggar, who was the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children in the series, “19 Kids and Counting,“as well as its spinoff “Counting On,” brought the franchise to a close in 2015 after seven seasons when it was revealed he had molested multiple under-age girls, including four of his sisters. In late 2019, federal investigators raided a car dealership that is allegedly owned by Duggar but it is not known if Duggar’s arrest is related to the raid.


ST. LOUIS 4 – Philadelphia 3
(10 innings)… Tyler O’Neal raced home with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning on a wild pitch. Matt Carpenter belted a three-run homer in the fifth.

Chi. Cubs 9 – ATLANTA 3… The Cubs pounded out 16 hits in their thrashing of the Braves. Matt Duffy and Jason Heyward drove in two runs apiece. Jake Marisnick homered to lead off the top of the seventh inning.

MILWAUKEE 2 – L.A. Dodgers 1… Travis Shaw hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning and the Brewers held on to edge the Dodgers. Eric Lauer (1-0) pitched four-hit ball over five innings.

ARIZONA 5 – Colorado 3… Eduardo Escobar tripled home a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored on David Peralta’s single to push the Diamondbacks past the Rockies. Josh Rojas homered to lead off the fourth.

BALTIMORE 4 – N.Y. Yankees 3
(10 innings)… Cedric Mullins’ sacrifice fly scored Ramon Urias with the winning run and the Orioles claimed a split of the four-game series. Trey Mancini singled home a run and homered.

Oakland 3 – TAMPA BAY 2… Matt Chapman homered in the top of the fourth inning and doubled home Jed Lowrie with the go-ahead run in the ninth to lead the Athletics past the Rays.

Seattle 1 – HOUSTON 0… Yusei Kikuchi (1-1) limited the Astros to one hit over seven innings and two Mariners relievers completed the shutout. Taylor Trammell’s homer to lead off the top of the third inning accounted for the game’s only run.

TEXAS 4 – Boston 1… Rangers starter Kyle Gibson (3-0) held the Red Sox to a run on three hits over six innings. Jose Trevino homered with a runner aboard and Isiah Kiner-Falefa added a solo shot.

CHI. WHITE SOX 3 – Detroit 1 (7 innings)… Leury Garcia stroked a two-run single as the White Sox scored all three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to get past the Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader. Carlos Rodón allowed a run on two hits and struck out 12 over six innings.

CHI. WHITE SOX 11 – Detroit 0 (7 innings)… Dylan Cease (1-0) shut out the Tigers on three hits and the White Sox completed a sweep of the twinbill. Yoan Moncada blasted a three-run homer and Fermin Mercedes homered with the bases empty to cap a seven-run bottom of the fifth inning. Leury Garcia drove in three runs with a pair of singles.

St. Louis (John Gant, 1-2) is at Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 2-1)…
Washington (Joe Ross, 2-1) hosts Miami (Pablo Lopez, 0-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 3-1) are at Philadelphia (Chase Anderson, 0-3)…
Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 2-2) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 3-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (TBA) are at Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 2-0)…
Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 2-2) hosts Colorado (Jon Gray, 3-1)…
San Francisco (Logan Webb, 1-1) is at San Diego (Yu Darvish, 2-1)

Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 0-3) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 3-1)…
Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 1-2) hosts Houston (Lance McCullers Jr., 1-1)…
Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 3-2) is at Texas (Kohei Arihara, 2-2)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 1-0) host Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 2-2)…
Kansas City (Brady Singer, 1-2) is at Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 1-1)…
Oakland (Jesus Luzardo, 1-2) hosts Baltimore (John Means, 2-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 1-1) are at Seattle (Chris Flexen, 2-1)

Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 0-1) is at Toronto (Robbie Ray, 0-1) in Dunedin, FL

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
Dallas 115 – DETROIT 105… Tim Hardaway erupted to score a career-high 42 points and lead the Mavericks past the Pistons on a night Dallas was without the injured Luka Doncic.

Brooklyn 130 – INDIANA 113… Kevin Durant scored 22 of his game-high 42 points in the third quarter and the Nets cruised past the short-handed Pacers. Alize Johnson came off the bench to score 20 points and grab 21 rebounds.

HOUSTON 143 – Milwaukee 136… Kevin Porter Jr. poured in a career-high 50 points and the Rockets rallied past the Bucks in the second half. Christian Wood added 31 points. Kelly Olynyk had 24 points and 13 boards. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo left the game less than a minute into the contest with an apparent ankle injury.

MINNESOTA 126 – Golden State 114… The Timberwolves pulled past the Warriors in the fourth quarter. They got 26 points from Ricky Rubio and 25 from Anthony Edwards. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

New Orleans 109 – OKLAHOMA CITY 95… The Pelicans built a 17-point halftime lead and coasted past the Thunder. Zion Williamson led the way with 27 points. Brandon Ingram tossed in 24 points.

DENVER 121 – Toronto 111… The Nuggets used a 31-8 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to put away the Raptors. Michael Porter Jr. scored 23 points to lead seven players in double figures.

Atlanta is at Philadelphia…
Boston hosts San Antonio…
Washington is at Cleveland…
Brooklyn hosts Portland…
Orlando is at Memphis…
Chicago hosts Milwaukee…
Utah is at Phoenix…
the L.A. Lakers host Sacramento

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 8)…
TAMPA BAY 3 – Dallas 0… Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 20 shots in the blanking of the Stars. The Lightning got goals from Ondrej Palat, Blake Coleman and Brayden Point.

BOSTON 5 – Buffalo 2… Charlie Coyle scored the first of three unanswered third-period goals that carried the Bruins past the Sabres. David Krejci had a goal and an assist. Tuukka Rask made 29 saves at goal.

NEW JERSEY 5 – Philadelphia 3… Yegor Sharangovich scored two power-play goals in the first period to stake the Devils to an early lead and they skated past the Flyers. Damon Severson set up two goals.

N.Y. Islanders 4 – N.Y. RANGERS 0… Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped all 25 shots for his NHL-leading sixth shutout of the season and 250th career win. Brock Nelson assisted on two goals.

Pittsburgh 5 – WASHINGTON 4 (OT)… Jake Guentzel found the net 2:11 into overtime to send the Penguins past the Capitals. Kasperi Kapanen scored a pair of goals.

CAROLINA 3 – Detroit 1… The Hurricanes skated past the Red Wings to run their points streak to nine games. Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and an assist.

TORONTO 4 – Vancouver 1… Auston Matthews scored his league-leading 36th goal to highlight the Maple Leafs’ win over the Canucks. Mitchell Marner had a goal and an assist.

Florida 4 – CHICAGO 3 (OT)… Sam Bennett scored at 4:08 of overtime to win it for the Panthers. Alex Wennberg scored a goal and assisted on another.

St. Louis 5 – MINNESOTA 4 (OT)… The Blues recovered to outlast the Wild after blowing a three-goal lead in the second period. Ryan O’Reilly scored a power-play goal in the third and added the game-winner at 3:43 of overtime.

Calgary 3 – EDMONTON 1… Elias Lindholm scored two goals in leading the Flames past the Oilers. Rasmus Andersson had two assists. Goalie Jakob Markstrom made 30 saves.

Winnipeg is at Montreal…
Colorado hosts San Jose…
Vegas is at Arizona…
Anaheim hosts Los Angeles

NFL DRAFT… The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick in last night’s NFL draft. The Jaguars added Lawrence’s former Clemson teammate Travis Etienne when they drafted the running back with the 25th overall pick. The New York Jets chose BYU quarterback Zach Wilson with the second pick in the draft, while North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance went to San Francisco at No. 3. Six former University of Alabama players were selected in the first round of the draft, tying the record for a single school set by the University of Miami in 2004.

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